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February 5, 2013
After a very long absence, I'M BACK and 30 pounds heavier than the last time I was here. We moved to Costa Rica permanently in 2011 and have been busy building our new home and just enjoying retirement. Now it's time to get back on track and start exercising. The roads here are not safe for an old lady on a bike, so I guess I'll have to settle on my bicycle trainer in the living room.

October 28, 2009
I've struggled with my weight for years and now I'm determined to get fit and stay healthy as I approach retirement. I have been blessed with excellent health all my life, but I know obesity will eventually take it's toll on my health if I don't do something about it now. I started this journey in February, 2009, after a virtual slap in the face (see my blog entry for more about this). I've reduced my calorie intake significantly. I now consume between 1200 and 1500 per day.

I'm doing this with my wonderful husband and the results of our efforts are really starting to show. As of 10/28//09 I have lost 50 pounds and my husband has lost 72. We continue to motivate each other and marvel at what we have accomplished together.

As we drop the weight, we both have more energy to get out and do more. I now ride my bike, anywhere from 5 to 10 miles, about 5 times a week. We have also taken up Geocaching (www.geocaching.com) as a way to get outside walking and moving.

We are now halfway to our goal weight and everyday this journey becomes a little easier. This time we know we will be able to reach out goal and maintain it for the rest of our lives!

We wish you success in reaching your goals too!

Member Since: 5/26/2009

Fitness Minutes: 6,899

My Goals:
* Re-loose the 30 pounds I've gained since moving to Costa Rica

* Retire and move to Costa Rica by June 2011. - Did it July 2011

* Ride my bike up and down the hills between our "casita" and the central park in Atenas, CR.

* Help my husband get to his goal weight of 160.

* Update all the recipes on my blog to include nutritional information.

My Program:
I limit my daily calories between 1200 and 1500. I try to ride my bike 30 minutes everyday.

Personal Information:
I have have been a yo-yo dieter most of my life. I joined Jenny Craig with my husband. He needed to loose a total of 135 pounds and I needed to drop 110 pounds. We are both 60 years old, deeply in love and we really want to improve our health so we can enjoy many more years together.

I have mastered a balanced diet and portion control for the first time in my life, still go in for our weekly weigh-in's @ JC to stay motivated.

This is not a diet anymore, it has become a life style and we will live this life style for the rest of our lives.

Now, when we go out to dinner, we order 2 side salads with oil & vinegar on the side, with an entree we split. I pack a lunch for my husband everyday and a Subway 6" Turkey without cheese or mayo has become a staple for lunch on the run.

I have found the SP Tools terrific aids that help me track our progress and stay focused.

Other Information:
Hobbies: Bicycling and Geocaching.

Favorite quotes:
"It's just stuff."

"Old age ain't for sissies." ...Bette Davis

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." ...Abraham Lincoln

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    Hey, great to see others in CR on this site! My husband and I moved to CR in 2008 and have been living the Pura Vida lifestyle ever since. When we moved here, I was battling type 2 diabetes and gross obesity. Within the first year, I changed to eating the local fare and walking rather than driving whenever I could. The result was a 65 lb loss, and no more A1C levels out of the normal range. I still have another 50 that I want to lose, and would already be at goal if I didn't keep going back to the US once a year to see family! LOL My husband and I are back on the Spark People program and loving it. Hope we can help support fellow "gringos", too!
    2366 days ago
    May your focus on Valentine’s Day be on all of the wonderful things you love about yourself and the beautiful person you truly are. Take time to celebrate you, because you are worth celebrating.
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    I just wanted to thank you for your post (its been a while... sept 22.... yup been that long since I have been on sparkppeople emoticon ) Its deffinatly nice to have the support. Hope you are doing well.
    3953 days ago
    Hope all goes well on your home in Costa Rica. I know it's beautiful their. I have two friends that live in Belize 6-9 mos. out of the year. Your absolutely right 60's can be the good if you have your health and so far I only take thyroid meds. We, WILL get this weight down to keep as much good health and ability as possible! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Btw my favorite place to me is sitting out on my deck in the morning!
    4048 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/10/2010 6:52:48 PM
    Costa Rica life is good huh?
    4049 days ago
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